A foundation-level module in the language, techniques and history of tonal music, this course covers:

  • harmonic understanding
  • melodic writing and harmonisation of melodies
  • notation and score reading
  • music analysis
  • introduction to music theatre
  • aural work intervallic and chord recognition
  • performance and improvisation
  • free and pastiche composition.

We'll examine case studies in classical and popular music to illustrate these areas and demonstrate how different musical styles are constructed.

You'll also have the opportunity to work with students of Popular Music/ SUM0071 (composers and performers) and Music Management/ SUM0046 (to evaluate the roles of administrators, promoters, agents and managers within the music business).

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 345 Module (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 345 Module (EEA)

Don't forget, if you submit your application and pay your full fee before 9 May 2014, you will receive an early payment discount of £60 for credit bearing courses and £30 for non credit bearing courses. The discount is per application, not per course.

Start date 2 July
Duration full-time 20 days
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Entry Level Highschool

Course Content

A diverse range of music will be drawn upon during this module, however certain composers/artists (i.e. J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Maxwell Davies) will feature repeatedly to familiarise students with how different musical styles are constructed.

Staff-developed learning materials will be used, though certain key texts relevant at this level include, among others, A History of Western Music, eds. Burkholder, Grout, Palisca (7th edn; London: Norton, 2006), various articles from the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and music theory manuals such as those published by the ABRSM, George Pratts The Dynamics of Harmony: Principles and Practice (Oxford UP, 1997), and Dorothy Pillings Harmonisation of Melodies at the Keyboard, Books 1-3 (Forsyth, 1950, and subsequent editions).

Recordings and scores will be studied, as directed.


Chris Dromey

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

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  • You'll need musical aptitude.
Barred combination
  • None

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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